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Slowly Getting to a SABLE Situation

Posted by Andi on June 28, 2015

Last year I was so good about keeping my yarn purchasing under control, and this year I feel like I just can’t buy enough yarn.

And I’m not knitting fast enough.

A few weeks ago, when we were in Indiana, we visited Sheep’s Clothing in Valparaiso. It’s a lovely shop. We go there about once a year. While there I asked Tim to see if there were yarns or patterns he liked, or just colors… anything. I regularly do this when Tim comes to a yarn store with me as a way to prevent him from being bored to tears, and to get ideas of things he likes so if I want to knit him a gift I know what to get. The whole time we were there I kept asking if if he saw anything that interested him. No. I would pick up skeins of yarns in colors I thought he would like and asked if he liked them. No. Finally he said he saw two skeins of yarn he liked, and in particular he liked the color combination.

Cascade 220 Fingering in #8891 Cyan and #9570 Concord Grape

This is Cascade 200 Fingering in the Cyan and Concord Grape colorways. I told him I could make him a boomerang scarf out of these colors. He decided he wanted the cyan stripes to be wider than the concord grape stripes, so that’s why I bought two skeins of cyan and one of concord grape. I’m not sure when I will get to these, but at least there is a project associated with this yarn.

Unfortunately a local yarn store near me has closed. In the weeks before it closed its doors they had a huge sale. So what did I do? I decided to buy a sweater’s quantity of yarn. There weren’t many sweater’s quantity’s left. I was debating whether to buy two or three colors to make a multicolored sweater, but I couldn’t pick out a pattern quickly enough to make that decision. Then I looked at the yarns where there were enough skeins to make a sweater. I chose this one.

Cascade 200 in #9451 Lupin

This is Cascade 200 (the worsted version this time) in the Lupin colorway. I bought all six skeins, which is 1,320 yards (ouch). I can make a sweater to fit myself with that much yardage, but it will have to be basic or have three-quarter sleeves or something like that. Nothing with cables or oversized. There were some colors with more than six skeins, but I didn’t like those colors very much.

So there we go, 2,139 new yards of yarn entered my stash. In my defense I’m destashing 510 yards as a playoff pool prize, so I really only added 1,629 yards.

I first heard of the acronym SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) a few years ago, but lately it has popped up on my Twitter feed and in other places. I am no where near that point, but I just can’t knit fast enough lately. But that makes me wonder, if I didn’t buy any yarn until I use up my stash (with the exception of the several yards of leftovers from each project) how long could I knit? I don’t even know how many yards I have. Maybe three to five years? I don’t know.

It’s completely unrealistic for me to say I wouldn’t buy yarn until I completely knit down my stash. But I wonder if I could go a full year? Six months? Could I do it? I probably could if it wasn’t for gifts. Until recently much of the time when I bought larger quantities of yarn it was to make a gift for someone. Could I go six months and not buy yarn and just knit from my stash? I must be able to.

Here’s my goal. I do have a few gifts I already know I want to make. Once I buy the yarn for those, I want to go a year without buying yarn. This is cheating in a way because the gifts are going to be kind of time consuming. But can I go a year without buying yarn? That’s going to be the goal for 2016 because this is ridiculous already. Let’s hope I don’t buy 83490284392 skeins of yarn in the rest of 2015 to make up for it!


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WWKIPD 2015 – I finished something!

Posted by Andi on June 14, 2015

Yesterday was World Wide Knit in Public Day. I didn’t even realize it until the day before when someone from my knitting group posted about it. I looked at a list of events in the Chicago area and wasn’t jazzed with any of them, so I took my knitting out in public to a place I wanted to go. I chose a new local bar, and knit there for a while. My knitting is pictured here with a delicious glass of cider.

Enjoying a cider on World Wide Knit In Public Day #wwkipd #knitting #2townsciderhouse #ginjaninja

This is the second sock. I got all the way to the toe decreases, but didn’t quite finish it before we left. I finished it shortly after I got home.

Rainbow Swirl Socks
Pattern: Rainbow Swirl Socks by Ann McClure
Yarn: Berroco Sox in 1483, .7 skein (308 yards)
Needles: US 1
Date started: April 24, 2013
Date completed: June 13, 2013

I think the pooling is kind of cool. The yarn has three colors: light gray, dark gray, and magenta. In any given spot of the pool there are two colors, which show up every other row. This is also the first sock I ever knit that called for a stockinette stitch heel flap. I’ve made other stockinette stitch heels, but they were all short row heels as opposed to heel flaps. We’ll see how it wear. This is pretty sturdy sock yarn, so I’m not concerned.

This yarn used up 308 yards of yarn from a fairly large skein, so I will have plenty of yarn left over from hexipuffs. That small amount of yardage is a fraction of the amount I purchased recently. I know, I know. Not good. So I’m at 62.8% right now. I have a sweater that is fairly close to coming off the needles, but that’s still not going to get me very far. I thought I was going to finish that sweater this past week, but I had a few days of hand pain from typing, and I had to work on the airplane during my trip, so I didn’t get a lot of knitting done the past week or so. But I’m plugging away.

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Round, Round, Get Around Shawl

Posted by Andi on June 6, 2015

Round, Round, Get Around Shawl
Pattern: Round, Round, Get Around Shawl by C.C. Almon
Yarn: Dream In Color Starry in Happy Forest (.88.skein) and Visual Purple (.96 skein)
Needles: US 5
Date started: April 6, 2015
Date completed: May 20, 2015

I love this shawl! It’s so nice and big and warm. Too bad I finished it just as the weather was getting nicer. Even though we’ve had a few unseasonably cold days, I’ve only been able to wear it once.

I bought this pattern right when it came out and was on sale with the intention of using the Purl Soho Line Weight yarn I bought when I was in NYC in January, 2014. Then one day I was pattern stalking and found a different pattern to use for that yarn. So I sat on this one for a while until I remembered I had two colors of Dream In Color Starry, maybe I could use those.

The pattern is mostly garter stitch, so while I was knitting it the rows that had both green and purple in them were kind of smooshed up, and it was difficult to see those rows. However, blocking opened it up nicely.

Round, Round, Get Around Shawl

My comfort with slip stitches makes me think I might be ready to try some stranded projects. Even though slip stitch knitting requires only using one color per row, it’s still stranded. You still have to carry the working yarn behind the slipped stitches. I have managed to do this on two projects now without them puckering, so I’m proud of myself.

Now for the numbers. This shawl used up 826.2 yards of yarn, bringing my total yards out to 4,553. My yards in is 5,603.2, so I have knit 81.3% of that. The sweater, shawl, and sock projects I currently have on the needles are keeping me on pace, at least until I use my LYS gift certificate to buy a sweater’s worth of yarn. I might do that today or tomorrow.

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